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Latest posts by KT53

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 13:57

If you get on with the neighbours just let them know that you are going to cut it back to the boundary and ask if their gardener would be able to dispose of the prunings as you have no car.

The hedge between ourselves and our neighbour became unmanageable and was bald in the middle where its own weight, and winter snow, had pulled it apart.  We removed the entire thing and each regained over a metre of garden width.  Result!

Kindle e readers

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 22:49

If you want a device simply as an e-reader then the Paperwhite is hard to beat.  It can be read in any light, and no light at all!  Try reading on a conventional tablet in sunlight - no chance.

I think all Apple products are ridiculously over priced anyway.

Indoor Cyclamen

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 22:45

I would have thought the kitchen was the worst possible place to try to grow cyclamen.  They don't like it too warm and they don't like rapid temperature change either.

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 20:59

I couldn't find our Crimbo lights last year so bought some new ones.  The day after I'd strung up all the new lights I found the old ones  Any suggestions as to how I can use 2 sets of lights one with 300 and the other with 240 bulbs?

It's the weekend people lighten up!!!!

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 17:04

What makes me smile?

3:30 Friday afternoon.  When I leave work.  It's the only good time at the place I work.

Tree Branch Lopper Research

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 17:01

Appearance is unimportant.  That is does the job effectively is the main requirement.

Price is certainly a factor but too cheap would put me off just as much as too expensive.

Interchangeable heads would be the ideal. Rachet systems tend to be bulkier and not always needed.

Telescopic handles make items more versatile but I wouldn't want to try to use anything more than about 4 metres extended.

I think ergonomics and weight are very closely related for usability.  No point having the best balanced tool if it's too heavy to work with.

Tools for professional use tend to be built to a higher spec than others.  I would only buy professional standard if I was going to get the use out of the item.  For example I bought Felco secateurs and have used the same pair for well over 20 years.

Tree being cut in half by a tree tie

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 16:55

I would not attempt to remove the tie.  Cut it where it's exposed and leave it alone.  I've seen trees which have sections of fence embedded in them and they survive quite happily.  You're far more likely to cause damage if you try to remove it.

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 22:10

My wife is going to contact her GP tomorrow although the consultant said today that she will contact her anyway.

It would seem that even the original appointment was ****** up.  The day after her appointment with her GP there was a message on our answering machine for her to call the appointment centre.  She called and was told that the hospital we went to today was the only one in the area where she could be seen in the timescales so she had no option but to accept.

We got home last Friday to a letter from the same appointment centre telling her she had not attended an appointment at our local hospital on the 5th for the same purpose as the appointment today (hopefully you are still following this).  As you can guess, no appointment for the 5th had ever been offered.  If it had been it would have been taken up on rather than having a 60 mile round trip.

My wife actually checked with the consultant today about the supposed appointment on the 5th and the consultant had nothing to indicate that my wife had an appointment that day!

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:45

Because of concern about my wife's medical condition her GP wanted her to be seen within 2 weeks.  We live about 3 miles from one large hospital and 7 miles from another.  Did she get an appointment at either of these?  No.  At a hospital over 30 miles away.  Because she was advised not to drive because of the nature of the examination she was due to have I had to take 1/2 day off to take her.  I have no problem with doing that per-se.

My wife went in for her appointment bang on time and was out again in under 10 minutes.  All she had was a short conversation with the consultant but no examination because the equipment required for the examination is not held at that hospital.  It's a small community hospital out in the sticks.

To add to the stupidity, the consultant arrived at the hospital at the same time we did, having driven from the hospital 3 miles from our home.

My wife now has the added stress of waiting for a new appointment at one of our local hospitals.

Wife ****** off, me ****** off, consultant ****** off.  The only people who will be happy are the local NHS administrators because they can tick the box to say my wife was seen within the required 2 weeks

Tree work near electric Wires!

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:36

If the cables run through the hedge then it should be the power company who do any work to clear the growth around them.  Don't attempt to do it yourself, or to have a normal gardening contractor do it.

Discussions started by KT53

When gardens fight back

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****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 21:25

Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 12:40

I had to chuckle

New Gardeners' World Mag 
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Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 21:31

Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
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If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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Last Post: 28/01/2014 at 19:59

dendrobium nobile care

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Overwintering lilies

Lilies in pots. 
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Last Post: 09/03/2014 at 11:18

Pruning crab apple

When to prune 
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Last Post: 09/09/2013 at 23:58

Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
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